2011 NFL Draft Grades: Philadelphia Eagles Pick Jaiquawn Jarrett, Curtis Marsh

Jason KarlAnalyst IIIApril 29, 2011

PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 10:  Lineback Chad Cooper #33 of the Virginia Tech Hokies helps running back Chris Krebs #37 and safety Billy Hardee #25 crush running back Makonnen Fenton #34 of the Temple Owls during the Big East Conference football game on November 10, 2001 at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Virginia Tech defeated Temple 35-0 . (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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The Eagles drafted a local player, Jaiquawn Jarrett from Temple, and Curtis Marsh from Utah State.

Jarrett was projected to go a little later and I had him going in the mid-third round to the Giants.

I published an article earlier today looking at the options the Eagles had at safety. I thought the No. 1 option would be to go after a veteran safety to take over for Quintin Mikell. Having a rookie and a sophomore to start in the secondary could be potentially scary for the defense.

Jarrett was the No. 2 option on the list, though.

Here is what I said about him:

Jarrett is a local product from Temple University. He is fast enough to cover slot receivers and tight ends, but struggles in deep coverage. Though inconsistent, Jarrett is a big hitter in the run game and could be a presence in the secondary.

Jarrett could form a great tandem with the rangy Nate Allen. Allen has great speed for a safety and excels in coverage. Jarrett is more of a run-defending safety and has huge potential to develop.

He was a great blitzer for Temple and played faster than his 4.6 time.

He struggles with his technique and can get caught flat-footed, but those can be coachable.

Look for Jarrett to start next to Allen come opening day and be a great special teams player.

I give the Jarrett pick a B-plus because the Eagles reached a bit, but he could pay huge dividends. I rated Jarrett as the second best safety in the draft behind Rahim Moore.

Grade: B+

With their second pick, the Eagles traded down with the Ravens five slots and acquired an extra sixth-round pick (No. 191 overall).

At No. 90 overall, the Eagles drafted a cornerback, Curtis Marsh from Utah State. This was another reach, in my opinion.

I expected Marsh to go in the late fourth or early fifth round, even with his high upside.

He has all the physical tools as he stands at 6'1'' 197 pounds and runs in the mid 4.4s. Marsh has long arms and posted a 37" vertical.

Marsh has average ball skills, but good coverage skills. He has only had one full season playing cornerback (converted from running back). He fits the Eagles' press defensive system, though.

Marsh is not a player the Eagles can start right away across from Asante Samuel. In fact, Trevard Lindley has a better chance to win the job.

He is not a very aware player as he got called for many penalties this past season for Utah State.

Marsh is a developmental player who will need probably two seasons to be considered for a starting job.

Grade: C

Look for the Eagles to be major players in free agency for a cornerback.